|Authors||Charles W. Misner, Kip S. Thorne, and John Archibald Wheeler|
|Cover artist||Kenneth Gwin|
|Publisher||W. H. Freeman|
|LC Class||QC178 .M57|
In physics, Gravitation is a well-known compendium on Einstein's theory of gravity by Charles W. Misner, Kip S. Thorne, and John Archibald Wheeler, originally published by W. H. Freeman and Company in 1973. It is often considered the early "bible" of general relativity by researchers for its prominence and is frequently called MTW after its authors' initials.
The book, whose size and shape at over 1200 pages is similar to that of a large telephone book, covers many aspects of general relativity and also considers some extensions of it as well as experimental confirmations. The book is divided into two "tracks", the second of which covers more advanced topics. MTW uses the −+++ metric convention. A substantial fraction of the book consists of boxes which add supplementary substance to the already thorough main text.
Here is an example of how it can be cited:
- Misner, Charles W.; Thorne, Kip S.; Wheeler, John Archibald (1973), Gravitation, San Francisco: W. H. Freeman, ISBN 978-0-7167-0344-0.
- Ehrlich, Ed. "Gravitation - Book Review". sky-watch.com. Retrieved 1 January 2015.
'Gravitation' is such a prominent book on relativity that the initials of its authors MTW can be used by other books on relativity without explanation.
- Kaiser, David (March 2012). "A Tale of Two Textbooks: Experiments in Genre". Isis (The University of Chicago Press) 103 (1): 126–138. doi:10.1086/664983.
- Braginskii, V. B.; Novikov, I. D. (March–April 1975). "C. Misner, K. Thorne, J. Wheeler. Gravitation: Reviewed by V. B. Braginskii and I. D. Novikov". Astronomicheskii Zhurnal 52: 447–449.
- Gravitation catalog listing at the W. H. Freeman website
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